Posted: Apr 01, 2018
SUN VALLEY, Idaho -- Colby College's Sandy Schoepke spent her spring break finishing third in the slalom at the U.S. National Junior Alpine Ski Championships and 16th at the U.S. National Alpine Ski Championships at Sun Valley Ski Resort.
Schoepke (pictured far right) was one of three Colby women competing at the junior nationals. She also placed 28th in the giant slalom. Lily Hogan was consistent by playing 12 in both the slalom and giant slalom, while Rosie Hust was 31st in the slalom and 19th in the giant slalom.
For the Colby men, Colbey Derwin placed 12th in the slalom and 18th in the giant slalom.
"Sandy's day is the slalom was very special," Colby head coach Danny Noyes said. "But the other three hammered down on a very tough hill and getting top 12 to 19 in the nation for their age is fantastic."
Five Colby skiers competed at the U.S. nationals earlier in the week at Sun Valley. Schoepke also had a 32nd in the giant slalom to go with her 16th-place finish in the slalom. Hogan was 23rd in the slalom and Hust took 29th in the slalom and 31st in the giant slalom. Hust, who competed at the NCAA Division I Skiing Championships, had problems on both her first runs in the slalom.
Max Richard and Michael Ferri both competed at the U.S. national meet, but mostly had did not finishes. Ferri was 32nd in the giant slalom.
"We always focus on our carnival season and the level of success we find there, but skiing is a great amateur sport and when we can attend U.S. nationals and junior nationals it really puts in perspective how competitive our NCAA and EISA circuit is," Noyes said. "The results these skiers pulled in this week show a major step up in their level of performance."